Hospital nurse helps a senior woman breath through an oxygen mas For many seniors with COPD, the early signs will go unnoticed or be blamed on other ailments or lifestyle decisions such as smoking or being out of shape. Because of this, it’s not unusual for seniors to ignore the signs and simply live with the symptoms, at least at first. That is why it is important for the loved ones of an older adult to watch for these signs and take action. Coughing People cough for a number of reasons. Coughing is the normal reaction of the lungs to remove mucus or protect themselves from inhaled irritants such as smoke from a cigarette. For those that do smoke, oftentimes, a cough can be seen simply as a “smoker’s cough.” While this can be the case,coughing can also be one of the early signs of COPD. If an senior in your life has a chronic cough this should be checked out by their physician even if they are a smoker…

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